BIO-466 Evolution (3)


This course covers the mechanisms of evolutionary change from genes to species to communities and how natural selection interacts with genetic and population processes such that organisms tend to become adapted to their environment and biological diversity increases. Through readings, discussions, and lectures, students explore the evidence for evolution as well as current theories for the mechanisms that cause evolutionary change. Specific topics include principles of inheritance, the origin of genetic variation, adaptation through natural selection, random processes in evolution, sexual selection, the origin of species, and the role of speciation in shaping current patterns of biodiversity. Crosslist: BIO-666 . Usually Offered: fall. Prerequisite: BIO-356 .

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